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JDAI Site Updates

Montana becomes newest JDAI site

Montana is the most recent state to join the JDAI movement. Three of the Montana’s detention facilities – Havre, Hill County; Missoula, Missoula County; and Great Falls, Cascade County – will begin incorporating JDAI practices as part of the state’s efforts to make its juvenile justice system more efficient and address disproportionate minority confinement.

Montana Board of Crime Control data from 2006 shows that overall, Hispanic and Native American youth were 1.4 times more likely to be arrested and 1.89 times more likely to be detained than white youth.

The same data shows that while Hispanic youth were only half as likely as white youth to be arrested, they were more than twice as likely to be placed in secure detention.

To help remedy those disparities, Montana received Title II funding for each of the three pilot sites from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The Annie E. Casey Foundation provided an additional grant to the state.

Montana is part of the Foundation’s "quick launch" process designed to speed the establishment of JDAI fundamentals and provide direction and resources for new sites. It places a greater reliance on targeted trainings like JDAI Fundamentals, risk assessment instrument development and detention self-inspections.

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